Dalbeattie Mountain Bike Trails

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7stanes Dalbeattie - good rocky trail
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Red route in Dalbeattie is a nice technical ride. Quite a long distance on fire road but once you get to the singletrack you can't be bored. Think you should feel quite confident on a bike to try it due to rocky surface and challenging features. Black graded options available, haven't tried then though as both, The Slab and Terrible Twins, looked too steep for me. The trail has no big climbs or long descends but is a good place to build up your skills. It was nice and dry when we've been there but rocks may get slippery when wet.

Taster Loop is a great fun, two nice small drop-offs and a little wooden jump to have fun at, less steep slab to test yourself. Snapped the chain at Taser Loop but luckily managed to fix it and ended up doing a few loops.

Green and Blue Trails for less experienced riders.

You can wash your bike free of charge, toilets on site. The car park is not too big, the place doesn't seem to be overcrowded during the week, not too sure about weekends.

Good day out, if you're looking for a challenging ride you should have a go!

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Good Points
Challenging sections
Bad Points
A bit too much fire road
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Dalbeattie beat me
(Updated: November 12, 2014)
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3.7
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
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4.0
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2.5
Dalbeattie is not like other trails. I thought it be rocky like the Lakes. It takes rocky to a new level. It's probably the most technical red trail I have ridden. I was a bit shocked at first by the unusual terrain and it took me a while to get me trail groove on and warm up. Probably would have been a good idea to have done the taster loop first to acclimatise. Once you get used to the unique terrain you get a great sense of achievement either on ups or down (which are all very short) from nailing the technical trail features thrown at you. It's pedally and the facilities very limited although there is a car park, toilets and free bike wash. I found some of the descents a bit wasted (I.e. they could have more features) and overall it is more a trail that you get a sense of achievement rather than one that gives you the grin factor.

I also think this trail more than any in the UK is about line choice. The line choice is not always obvious so you need to really focus. I'd like to follow a local another time and I sense the second time would be very different to the first on this type of trail. Second time round I'll have my seat post dropper on too which would help here as otherwise its a constant faff.

I broke my rear mech hanger half way round and did bad maintenance for a bit and had to abort eventually. Was a shame I was just starting to really enjoy it and starting to find some flow in my riding. Was a very long walk back so I will need to come back soon and probably update my review.

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Good Points
Rocky
Loads of technical trail features
Free bike wash
Bad Points
Very pedallly
Lacks flow
Would you recommend?
Yes
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